Two Naxals were on Saturday killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.
The operation was launched by the state’s District Reserve Group (DRG) and a team of local police in coordination with Andhra Pradesh police under Konta police station limits, Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said.
After receiving inputs about movement of lower-rung cadrein the forests of Konta bordering East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, security forces were mobilised towards the region, located around 500 kms away from Raipur, he said.
When the forces were cordoning off Pusguda forests on Gangraj hills, armed insurgents opened fire on them, triggering a gunfight between the two sides, the SP said.
“During searches, bodies of two Naxals besides as many muzzle loading guns were recovered from the spot,” he said.
“The identity of the killed rebels is being ascertained,” the SP added.
D M Awasthi, Special DG (Naxal Operation) commended the operation. “Encounter is going on in Sukma. Two Naxalites have been killed; it’s a big achievement,” he said.
However, preliminary investigations suggest that one of them is the head of Janatana Sarkar group of ultras and another a member of a team involved in manufacturing local weapons for the banned outfit.
Further details will be known once the police team returns to its base, Elesela added.